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Jets to pick 13th in 2017 NHL Draft

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets have been awarded the 13th overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, slipping one spot from No. 12, following the results of Saturday's draft lottery.

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2017 NHL Draft Lottery Primer

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

2.7 per cent of the time, it happens every time.

Will the Winnipeg Jets hit the jackpot for the second straight year? We're about to find out.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, which goes down tonight live from the Sportsnet studios in downtown Toronto.

Prior to last year, a single lottery determined only the first pick - meaning, at worst, the team finishing with the fewest points in the regular season would pick no lower than second overall. But for the second straight year, three separate draws will assign the first, second and third overall selections, giving teams multiple chances to improve their drafting position.

But the odds aren't quite what they used to be.

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Ehlers takes a step forward

21-year-old "excited" to be part of Jets future

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

In his rookie campaign of 2015-16, Nikolaj Ehlers put up 38 points.

He beat that number in 2016-17 - in assists alone.

His 39 assists combined with 25 goals were a direct result of a lesson he learned at the end of his first NHL season.

"I was thinking 'I have to go out there and make something happen every shift. If I don't do that, well that's not good enough then,"' said the 21-year-old, who adds his mentality changed this season.

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Jets mourn the passing of Bill Sutherland

by Winnipeg Jets @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets extend their condolences to the family of former Winnipeg Jets player and coach Bill Sutherland, who passed away recently.

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NHL releases final rankings for 2017 Draft

Brandon's Nolan Patrick is the top prospect, Halifax's Nico Hischier follows at No. 2

by NHL Press Release @NHL / NHL.com

Forward Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, Man.), who skates for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, has been named the top draft-eligible skater for the 2017 NHL Draft. Forward Nico Hischier (Naters, Switzerland), a center for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, follows closely at No. 2.

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Laine a finalist for Calder Trophy

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, have announced that Jets forward Patrik Laine is among the three finalists for the 2016-17 Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's top rookie.

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By the Numbers - Patrik Laine

A look back at a memorable rookie season for the 18-year-old

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

It was a memorable rookie season for 18-year-old Patrik Laine. From his first NHL goal against the Carolina Hurricanes, to his first hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs, to his Calder Trophy finalist nomination, the young Finnish forward gave Winnipeg Jets fans a glimpse of what's to come in future seasons.

Many numbers stand out when it comes to Laine's 2016-17 season, here are just a few of them.

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Scheifele, Morrissey, and Comrie join Canada for Worlds

Head athletic therapist Rob Milette joins Canada for second time in three years

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with Hockey Canada, announced today that forward Mark Scheifele, defenceman Josh Morrissey, goaltender Eric Comrie and head athletic therapist Rob Milette have joined Canada's national men's team for the 2017 IIHF World Championship next month in Germany and France.

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Little makes a big difference

Veteran forward didn't miss a beat after returning from injury

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

The 2016-17 season didn't start the way Bryan Little would have liked.

After missing the final 25 games of the 2015-16 season with a fractured vertebrae, the 29-year-old played a mere 2:48 in the home opener against Carolina before suffering a knee injury that kept him out for another 23 games.

But when he returned, the veteran forward went on a tear.

He scored three goals in his first four games, and even played over 20 minutes in his first game back from the injury on Nov. 29.

Overall, he finished with 21 goals - the fifth time he's notched over 20 in his career - and 47 points in 59 games.

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Three Jets join USA for 2017 World Championship

Hellebuyck, Trouba, Copp to represent their country next month

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with USA Hockey, announced this afternoon that goalie Connor Hellebuyck, forward Andrew Copp and defenceman Jacob Trouba have joined USA's national men's team for the 2017 IIHF World Championship next month in Germany and France.

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